GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY: More than $1.2 million in cuts approved

Grays Harbor county commissioners approved more than $1.2 million in budget reductions and an additional $204,000 in fee increases Monday, according to The Daily World of Aberdeen.

The moves were part of an effort to plug an expected $1.5 million budget shortfall in the current $26 million operating budget.

The math didn’t add up to the full amount needed, but the commissioners said it’s good enough for now.

“I think for the moment, we can draw a breath,” Commissioner Mike Wilson said.

The budget includes the loss of the equivalent of 16.8 full-time employees, according to Budget Director Rose Elway’s letters to the commissioners outlining the budget reductions.

Vacant positions eliminated include a diagnostic coordinator at the Juvenile Detention Center, a senior community health nurse, a records clerk in the Prosecutor’s Office, a deputy and a corrections officer.

The county commissioners also authorized the layoffs of a part-time licensing assistant, two custodians and a corrections officer position. Union concessions made by the Teamsters staved off the layoffs of two deputies.